It’s important for our students to understand and embrace a growth mindset. One way that parents can really help their children is by carefully choosing the words that are used when they praise them. Every word parents say and action they perform sends a message to their children. These words and actions tell children how to think about themselves. Parents should always praise their child’s effort instead of praising accomplishments. Some good examples to use are as follows: 1) You really work hard and pay attention, 2) You work hard in school and it shows, 3) I can see you practicing; what great improvement, and 4) When you put forth effort, it really shows in your grades. So the next time you are ready to praise your child, stop, and think about how to use that opportunity to praise his or her effort instead of accomplishments.